JOIN ME DOWN MEMORY LANE
Let’s see if I can manage to get a bit of interaction going on the SpiritGuides site. Now here’s a subject in which everyone can partake and I mean everyone
—without exception. As a tool, I am going to use our five physical senses to help invoke some kind of emotion—a very personal emotion. As a result of this manifestation, I’m hoping that you will become pro-active and respond to this article, giving an account of things that have happened in your life and which you would like to share. I’ll forget about our sixth sense for the time being, which has more of the esoterical aspects about it, and can affect your emotions via your inner feelings. That belongs to another category.
Let me explain before you begin to wonder what on earth I’m ranting on about. Approximately ten years ago, I was invited to do a series of Memory Lane articles for my local newspaper. Obviously, it had everything to do with the town where I was born and raised and the people who lived there, which is Hartlepool in the north east of England. It became quite obvious to me that other writers had done this sort of thing before and no matter what I contributed, it would only be regarded as second hand—something that had already been done. Then I got to thinking about my past and I wondered what it was which evoked such vivid memories and mental pictures.
It didn’t take long to realise that whatever my mind was recollecting, it was on account of the experiences I had which came to me via my five senses. There is only one way to experience physical life and that is through our natural senses. Allow me to give you five examples:
• The smell
of hotdogs and onions constantly reminds me of the old fun palace and amusement arcade that I used to visit at our local seaside resort so many, many years ago. The sea air is another powerful smell that has such an effect on me. This infuses me with such nostalgia.
• The sound
of ringing church bells makes me feel sad because it brings back memories of Sundays when, as a young and only child, I wasn’t allowed out to play. Even today that sound has a powerful influence on me. I even included this feeling into one of my characters in my co-written novel, “The Meadow.”
dandelion and burdock, a traditional English soft drink, takes my mind back to a quaint old country village garden café where my mother used to take me to while away those wonderful summer afternoons. I wonder if there are any collectors out there who can come up with one of the original old bottles.
• The sight
of decorative and ornate lamp posts casts my mind back to the days of the tram where the electric cables would be held in place by these steel erections, so that those marvellous vehicles could collect the power to drive them. A lot of my childhood was spent in the city of Leeds where these trams were common place.
• The feeling
and sensation of being submerged in cold water takes me back to those good old days when I used to go swimming in the sea with my pals. We were so fortunate to have small seaside resorts on our doorstep—one at Seaton Carew and the other was the Headland in the old part of the town. Oh those wonderful, carefree days!
These are only one example of each sense—touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing—and there are many, many more. They are extremely personal and no two people can share the same memories due to their experiences being so very different. I ended up writing more than ten episodes of “Memory Lane” spread over a year or so. It was very popular, for the simple reason that everyone who read the articles could relate to them in their own personal way.
You also can do this and it would be wonderful to hear about some of your experiences, based over your life, all on account of the five natural senses that have been gifted to you. As we get older, some of us may not get the same response or even lose one or two senses (I have no sense of taste or smell at the moment on account of nasal polyps, but I’m doing something about that, hopefully). As long as we retain our mental faculties and sanity we will always have our memories to help evoke such wonderful emotions. So why not share them. I’m sure there are many out there who would love to interact as well as those who would like to learn about the experiences of others. Why not write in the comments box with your own stories?
I have coined a phrase which I have included in “The Meadow” novel and is quoted by one of our characters. If we understand that the interconnectedness of multi-dimensional consciousness
encompasses all that exists, then this article will go a long way in bringing us closer together. Let’s have a “Memory Lane” category where we can all express ourselves via our five natural senses.
Have a great day.
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